Justin Matherly

1972 · United States

Artist biography

Justin Matherly is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who was born in the the United States, like other prominent artists such as Sean Mcdonough, Alex Bag, Cole Sternberg, Ross Knight, and Juliana Cerqueira-Leite. Justin Matherly was born in 1972.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Justin Matherly is represented and exhibited by multiple galleries around the world, in countries like Switzerland, the United States, and Germany. Galleries include Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich, as well as Paula Cooper Gallery | 524 West 26st Street and Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street in New York. Justin Matherly most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Paris Pantin in France with the exhibition IT COMES IN WAVES. The exhibition was open from 27 August 2018 until 28 September 2018. Justin Matherly's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich (24 January 2020 - 13 March 2020) with the name Pathos the pathetic and Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich (20 January 2018 - 24 February 2018) with the name Group exhibition. Justin Matherly's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Group exhibition and took place at Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Zurich, Switzerland from the 20 January 2018 to 24 February 2018.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, previously thought of as the most powerful art centre in the world. Major art movements established and cultivated in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern iterations of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary sphere, the United States has cultivated a strong influence upon the visual culture of the World, due to the hegemony of its economic and political systems. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Justin Matherly

Born in 1972, Justin Matherly was primarily influenced by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Justin Matherly

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